Trade War - US tariff policy sparks domestic outcry

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Added On July 8, 2018

In the U.S., from businessmen, farmers, consumers to politicians, many have joined the chorus to decry the government's tariff policy that they fear would backfire on the country's economy.
 
It comes amid escalating tension as the US imposed additional tariffs of 25 percent on Chinese goods worth 34 billion U.S. dollars on Friday.
 
Economy Report has more. 
 
Don Bacon, U.S. Congressman representing Nebraska state's 2nd congressional district, said tariff is a wrong way for the U.S. to settle trade issues with China.
 
He believes that it invites foreign countries' retaliation and will eventually hurt the interests of the U.S..
 
SOUNDBITE(English): DON BACON, US congressman
"Tariff is the wrong way to go about fixing this. When we do a tariff, even if China does not retaliate, we have winners and losers in America. So the raw steel tariff, it may help out our raw steel producers, but it hurts our manufacturing steel because we have to pay more for manufacturing steel and we lose our competitiveness. So I'm not a fan of tariffs."
 
He stressed both American and Chinese consumers could benefit if free trade proceeds.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): DON BACON, US congressman
"In the end we want to have a free trade that's fair, because both Chinese and American consumers benefit when that happens."
 
The tariff policy by the Trump administration also sparks widespread public outcry.
 
SOUNDBITE: JOE CAPRIGLIONE, Resident
"I'm speechless I think it's an atrocity that this is happening, I don't think there's a good awareness as to what exactly is going on and I think people should get a little bit more informed and know the decisions that they're making and the people that they're supporting. 
 
SOUNDBITE: ASHA, Resident
"I'm against it I think that we have to realize that we're all living on one planet and we're not individual countries and have to question what it means to be reliant versus dependent on other people." 
 
SOUNDBITE: ROGER, Resident
"It seems aimless, unnecessary, gratuitous and it's useless. In the end everybody will pay more. What will come of it is unknown."
 
Despite the growing tension, many people in the U.S. expect the situation will change for the better. 
 
Auburn, a town of around 23,000 in the easternmost state of Maine,has been thinking really big in seeking closer cooperation with China despite the White House's hostile trade policies directed at Beijing.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): JASON LEVESQUE, Auburn Mayor
"Talking about the tariffs and some of the obstacles, we're going to be looking at (them). I think they can be overcome. And we've been having some great relationships with these (Chinese) companies coming in."
 
As a former businessman, Levesque believes the current political climate in the United States is "temporary."
 
SOUNDBITE(English): JASON LEVESQUE, Auburn Mayor
"The current political climate within the United States and China is temporary. It will even out, and we're two large trading partners. It has to even out. " 
 
SOUNDBITE(English): JASON LEVESQUE, Auburn Mayor
"We want to have more investments of China and we want to increase the collaboration between communities. So we can, if we focus on what we do at a very micro level and other communities focus on the micro level, then what happens at the national level becomes less impactful." 
 
Franklin Cownie, the mayor of Des Moines in U.S. Iowa state, shared the same idea. He expects the trade relationship between the two countries could continue and further expand.
 
SOUNDBITE (English): FRANKLIN COWNIE, Mayor of Des Moines
"I think we have great possibilities to work together and have business together and trade and expand the relationship we've had for so many years. So, we're very hopeful that the relationship that we've had, the will continue to build our local business in our state business here in Iowa."